Covid Cases in Colder States are Increasing

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In CNN Health, reporters Madeline Holcombe and Amir Vera write that though some southern states like Georgia, Florida and others are seeing decrease in new Covid-19 cases, more colder mid-western states like Minnesota seeing an uptick in new cases.

CNN writes, citing data from Johns Hopkins University, that Geogia and Florida saw 37% and 25% respectively decrease in cases than the previous week. Similar to what happened last year, some states like Minnesota, Alaska and others — in regions where cold weather has set in — are seeing an increase.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told CNN that the current downturn in cases, hospitalization and deaths may turn into another spike.

CNN’s Madeline Holcombe writes that health experts are encouraging vaccinated vulnerable Americans to get a booster vaccine dose.

Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN medical analyst, told CNN “(The extremely vulnerable) are recommended to get a booster shot. But even with a booster, they might not prevent severe outcomes and this is the reason why we have to be vaccinated.”

MN has 7th-highest Covid Case Rate

In Star Tribune, Jeremy Olson writes that Covid-19 positivity rate increased to 8.4% — the highest rate since Dec. 14, when COVID-19 vaccine first became available in the state. MN health officials are reportedly encouraging more people to seek new or booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Gov. Tim Walz told reporters that ‘a better vaccination rate could have reduced the severity of the latest wave, which hit the South hard this summer but moved north this fall as people moved indoors amid colder weather, and that Powell’s death is a call for more vaccination, not less’.

Our infection rates are way too high but Minnesota’s rate of recent COVID-19 deaths remains among the lowest in the nation.

Gov. Tim Walz (source: Star Tribune)

Olson writes “Boosters are recommended in Minnesota for Pfizer recipients who are seniors or are older than 49 and have underlying health conditions, but also can be given to younger adults with health problems or occupation risks for coronavirus exposure. Booster recommendations for the two-dose Moderna and single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected soon as well”.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of October 20, 9 a.m.) 496,915,265 doses have been distributed and 410,189,737 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of October 18) a total of 6,741,937 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of October 20) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 765,761 (out of 13,287,550 tested) with 8,489 deaths.